LaFayette Ramblers

The LaFayette Ramblers had a 12-play, 5:30 drive in the first quarter on Friday night, but failed to put any points on the board.

And that was about all that went wrong in the first half for the Orange-and-Black.

LaFayette scored on six of its eight possessions in the first half, including a pair of one-play drives and a pair of two-play drives, as they rolled to a 43-7 home victory over LFO in the Region 6-AAA opener for both teams at Jack King Stadium.

Trey Taylor returned the game's opening kickoff 44 yards to midfield and quarterback Jaylon Ramsey took off on a designed draw play for a 49-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.

The Ramblers never looked back.

Ramsey ran for 175 yards on just seven carries, all in the first half. He added a 69-yard touchdown run on another quarterback draw and scored from 11 yards out on an option play less than two minutes apart late in the first half as LaFayette built a 43-0 halftime lead.

LFO's offense found no room to run against a swarming Rambler defense, who came into the game determined to make amends for a less-than-stellar showing against Gordon Lee a week earlier.

The Ramblers held the Warriors to just two total yards in the opening two quarters and gave up just one first down.

The Warriors did themselves no favors either. They put the ball on the ground multiple times throughout the game and lost four fumbles, three in the first half, as LaFayette turned the miscues into three touchdowns. LFO also gave up a safety after having to pounce on a loose ball in the endzone following a high snap. LaFayette also had a scoring drive following the ensuing free kick.

Jamario Clements had a 14-yard scoring run, Taylor found paydirt on a 9-yard TD catch and Jacob Zwiger scored on a 5-yard scamper as the Ramblers rushed for 257 yards on 23 first-half carries.

The second half was played with a running clock.

LFO would prevent the shutout on its second possession of the third quarter. Quarterback Malachi Powell found a wide-open Jamillion Womble down the right sideline for a 26-yard scoring strike and Alec Gentry added the point-after with 2:45 left in the third period.

Clements added 45 yards on seven carries, while Ramsey also went 6 of 9 in the air for 46 yards to four different receivers. Jacob Brown connected on all five PAT's he attempted, while a bad snap thwarted another extra point.

Austin Tucker, Kevin Kremb, Anthony Collins and Ben Maanum all recovered fumbles for the Ramblers.

LFO finished with just 111 yards of total offense. Powell was 4 of 10 passing for 59 yards, while Benji Valdes had a team-best 22 yards on four carries.

LaFayette (1-2, 1-0) will travel to Chatsworth next Friday to face Murray County, while LFO (0-3, 0-1) will be back at home for their annual Catoosa County clash with Ringgold.

Scott Herpst is sports editor for the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga., and Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga.

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